In honor of Arbor Day, get the kids out and about this weekend! The great outdoors is calling, and we’ve rounded up the best picks to make the most of it. You can check out Asphalt Green’s Annual Big Swim Big Kick, the 6th Annual Walk for Kids’ Growth, bark up a tree at Wave Hill, or learn about the trees in Madison Square Park that are over 165 years old. There’s so much more happening around the city, you’ll be hard pressed to fit it all in. Scroll on for the rest of our top weekend picks!

Photo: Asphalt Green

Downtown

‘Don Quixote Takes New York’
Go on an exciting adventure as Loco7 re-imagines this classic text, with puppets, dance and music to show the audience that no dream is too impossible to obtain and with hope and heart you can conquer fear. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Arbor Day 2018
Celebrate Arbor Day with Madison Square Park’s arboretum and a day of free programming where you can learn all about MSPC’s favorite trees—some of which are over 165 years old! Throughout the day, the fountain will also be home to fun and interactive tree-themed activities. Fri. Event Details.

Trash Towers Workshop
People recycle bottles, paper, and clothing all the time. But did you know that buildings are recycled too? Come learn how builders reduce waste by reusing materials from older buildings to create new ones. Kids will make their own “Trash Towers” from recycled materials that they can tear down and rebuild over and over again. Sat. Event Details.

Uptown

Asphalt Green’s Annual Big Swim Big Kick
Kids can experience the thrill of their first swim race in an Olympic-size pool and play outdoor soccer-based games—all for free—at Asphalt Green’s annual Big Swim Big Kick festival. Participants receive a medal, a t-shirt, and ice cream. Sat. Event Details.

The Alice-In-Wonderland Follies
Follow Alice’s adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature. Presented in a vaudeville style, this ballet draws on a range of cultural dance forms – from Irish Step Dancing to African Juba to classical ballet – brought together by the ingenious Keith Michael as an entertaining one hour live performance. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

The Velveteen Rabbit: A New Dance Musical
Enter the magical world of the Velveteen Rabbit, the toy who’s transformed into a living creature by the power of a child’s love. Using only dance and music to bring audiences into a playful, whimsical world, the show is performed live by 10 dancers to an original score. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Caribbean Soul Food Cooking Class
Kids will cook hands-on alongside the restaurant’s chef to learn not only the culinary skills, but also the heart and soul that goes into creating the soul food dishes! Sat. Event Details.

Arbor Day Celebration
This family-friendly Arbor Day Celebration will teach kiddos about trees at the Evergreens, including a tree planting, flower planting, art activities, a tree identification walk, and a tree climbing demonstration by a professional arborist. Sat. Event Details.

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton
Join NYC family performer Suzi Shelton along with her special guests as she returns to her favorite theatre in Brooklyn for a heart warming monthly, family show! Sun. Event Details.

Queens

6th Annual Walk for Kids’ Growth
This event will feature a 3-mile scenic, fun walk, food, carnival games, display booths, live entertainment and much more! This is the nation’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for childhood growth disorders ever created. Sat. Event Details. 

Bronx

Family Art Project: Barking Up a Wave Hill Tree
With wax crayons and paper in hand, visit some of Wave Hill’s treasured trees and have a tactile experience making simple, but rich, bark rubbings. Using these inspired rubbings, work with burlap, cheesecloth, bits of leather, craft paper and yarn to create a collection of rich textures and bark-inspired designs. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

 

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­–Jesseca Stenson